University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Alumni Band
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Alumni Band

UW-L Alumni Band Events

"UW-L Rah!"

Whatever the season there is a performance waiting to happen.  If you haven't joined the Alumni Band lately or want to join up for more fun here is the tentative upcoming Schedule of Events:

Upcoming Performances

  • June Dairy Days Parade - Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade - Saturday, September 28, 2024

June Dairy Days - Saturday, June 1

The June Dairy Days parade is coming up on Saturday, June 1st and here are some details for those of you interested in marching. It's a super fun time and easy on your chops and body. A great way to keep yourself in tip top physical shape for future events :)

If you can march and haven't contacted anyone so far you are VERY welcome to join in but note that we are no longer giving out t-shirts for this event. We wear the 'standard' alumni maroon shirt or one of the dry fit alumni shirts, so if you have something near to that color you can blend in. If you are in need of a loaner instrument please contact Jeff Hankey for percussion and Kris Cvikota for large brass. We will not be bringing extra equipment to this event and will need to know what you need before the Friday of JDD. Lisa B may have t-shirts at Westview Inn if you would like to contact her, we will get a final date for ordering. We will have a post on the facebook group for this. 

We will be meeting at Westview starting at the time schedule below and will commence to the start of the parade. If you can meet at Westview please do. PLEASE NOTE that the parade lineup areas are changed this year so we may not be near the nursing home like in past years. Watch the facebook page for details.

Here's the DEETS:

What: The June Dairy Days Parade
Who: UW-L Alumni Band, current UW-L Band members and Friends
Where: Meet at Westview Inn, 174 S Leonard St. West Salem, WI
When: Saturday, June 1
Percussion: 10:30 am
All: 11:00 am
Parade Step Off: Noonish

We'll meet at the Westview Inn and you're certainly welcome to come a little earlier and socialize. We'll wander to the parade set up spot (tba) around 11:30-noon.

It's a short parade but super fun! Afterwards, we'll play a few tunes in the village park. Festivities will continue in the local taverns on the main drag.

We hope you can join us! UW-L RAH!


Calling all UW-L Alumni Band Members!



Brass and Percussion Loaners

Anyone needing brass please email Kris, anyone needing percussion please email Jeff or Eric. Please warn us at least 3 days prior to the parade, we load the trailer on Wednesday night. If you don't put in your loan request by Wednesday you probably will not have an instrument. Thank you.


Oktoberfest 2024 Events

Here is the tentative schedule for the evening at the Cleary Friends & Alumni Center:

  • 5:45 - Instrument distribution - look for the trailer
  • 6:00 - Percussion rehearsal/Social Time
  • 6:30 - Meeting/Announcements
  • 7:00 - Rehearsal 
  • 8:00-9:00 - Social and Clean up
  • Music is located here if you need it.

Music Rotation (to be practiced Friday night):
- Traditional Cadence
- Beer Barrel, chant, On Wisconsin
- Junque
- Drums & Horse
- Traditional Cadence
- Heaven
- Junque
- Sweet Caroline (click for music)


If you are playing on Saturday please plan to be at the Friday night rehearsal.

A couple of other items for friday night:


  • DATABASE UPDATE! - Make sure you check in and update your info on our member database on Friday night! All the cool kids do.
  • T-SHIRTS! - If you know you need a tshirt please contact Lisa Butterfield with your need and size. We are using our inventory of current shirts and want to make sure we have enough for all. Your first tshirt was free - all after are $10. IF YOU NEED A T-SHIRT PLEASE PICK IT UP ON FRIDAY!
  • BEER! - Friday night beer is available for a suggested donation, provided by sponsors 'Earls Bar' and 'La Crosse Beverage'. 
  • DRINKING GLOVES! - who doesn't have one yet? Check it out at the prizes table.


Saturday Oktoberfest Parade Schedule

  • Where and When? - Our Saturday morning meeting place is at 'Pogreba' which opens at 8:00am. Pogreba is located on the corner of Clinton Street and Avon - address: 1232 Avon St, La Crosse, 54602. Drinks will be available at 8am as well as brats for purchase (no free brats this year).
  • Equipment Loaners - Brass and Percussion! The equipment trailer will only be open and staffed for a short time from 8:30-9:30 in the morning. We step off early and will be locking up the trailer to move. If you can't get your loaner have someone grab it for you. If you need to pick up a loaner instrument that you have previously contacted someone about, please look for the blue pickup across Avon Street from Pogy's or ask for Kris. In addition, if you are borrowing the band’s equipment, we encourage you to donate to the equipment maintenance fund. If you do not get your loaner instrument during this time you may not get it.
  • T-shirts - please see note from Friday night rehearsal regarding tshirts
  • Parade starts at 10:00
    • Be aware that our lineup time for front of the parade is approximately 9:45 - don't be late!
    • GROUP PHOTO WITH UW-L SCREAMING EAGLES - play a tune or two, then BIG GROUP PHOTO before the Screaming Eagles leave.
    • NO LITTERING! If you have garbage please walk over to someone on the side of the road and ask them if they have a garbage and if they can take care of it for you. Do not leave garbage in the road.
    • If alumni marchers are not adhering to these rules you will not be welcome to march again in the future.
  • Entertainment follows the parade at "Fat Head Steve's" (the bar previously known as Stolpa's Stein Haus) on Jay Street between 3rd and 4th streets where Mark Parker and friends play for our post parade entertainment from 1-5pm. Food is available. NOTE that there will be no wristbands/alumni keg available in 2023.

We hope you can join us! UW-L RAH!



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